The PMR/F service learning experiences strengthen participants’ abilities to bridge medicine and public health in order to comprehensively address population health. Graduates are prepared to provide leadership in disease prevention and health promotion at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels, as well as internationally. Our learners include Epidemic Intelligence Service graduates (physicians, veterinarians, and other health professionals) and other comparably-trained professionals.

Preventive Medicine Residency

Has 12- and 24-month tracks for physicians depending on whether a learner needs an MPH or two years of training to fulfill board exam requirements.

Preventive Medicine Fellowship

Is a 12-month fellowship for nurses, veterinarians, and dentists with an MPH.

Preventive Medicine Residency and Fellowship (PMR/F) Practicum Year

Monthly Tasks

  • Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Group check-in
  • Direct patient care, 1 day per week**
  • JULY
    New learner training and orientation start July 1
    Initial Milestone evaluation due*
    Site visits for all supervisors and learners
    Routine monthly tasks
    CDC Washington and Congressional orientation
    ABPM exam**
    Mid-year Milestone evaluations due*
    Routine monthly tasks
    Mid-year site visit for learners (supervisors optional)
    360 Degree Evaluation
    Routine monthly tasks
    Register for ABPM Exam**
    Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference
  • MAY
    Final Milestone evaluation due*
    Deliverables due: project summaries, success stories, and clinical log
    American College of Preventive Medicine Conference
  • JUNE
    New host site orientation begins New learner pre-orientation begins Graduation

*Learner develops ▸ Supervisor reviews ▸ Program director reviews ▸ Competency committee reviews
** Residents seeking ABPM certification only

PMR/F Performance Requirements

While in the program, residents and fellows participate in activities that focus on growing and applying critical leadership and management skills. There are six potential project areas and descriptions for each are included in the menu that follows.

Applied Epidemiology

Use epidemiologic methods to identify and address issues of public health importance.

Possible activities:

  • Conduct or participate in a field investigation of a potentially serious public health problem that requires a timely response
  • Design, conduct, and interpret an epidemiologic analysis
  • Evaluate a public health surveillance system
Program Evaluation

Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of a public health project or initiative focused on population health that is either ongoing or in development.

Possible activities:

  • Identify program structure and organization, stakeholders, and components in the program environment
  • Identify information sources and gather relevant data
  • Plan and execute an evaluation
  • Use evaluation outcomes for quality improvement
Program Administration

Develop a working knowledge of how to effectively administer a program

Possible activities:

  • Develop and evaluate a strategic plan using a collaborative approach
  • Analyze a budget and make recommendations for future
  • Manage a project
  • Develop a working knowledge of personnel management approaches
Policy Development and Analysis

Apply scientifically sound techniques to conduct a policy review or develop policy guidelines.

Possible activities:

  • Use scientific data in forming population health policies or recommendations
  • Effectively communicate the importance of recommended policies or actions to stakeholders
  • Identify priorities or agendas that could facilitate or impede recommended policies or actions and make strategic adjustments accordingly to advance the policy process
Grant Proposal Evaluation and Development

Develop a grant proposal (or a portion of it) or participate in an objective review process evaluating grant applications (grant must provide essential public health services or complex budget management).

Possible activities:

  • Develop either a grant proposal or a strategic plan on how to develop a grant
  • Review grant applications systematically and objectively
Population Health Improvement

Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate scientifically sound population health improvement initiatives (e.g., health needs assessments, stakeholder engagement efforts, health interventions).

Program Matrix
PMR/F 24-month Residency ABPM Certification PMR/F 24-month Residency seeking MPH and ABPM Certification PMR/F 12-month Residency ABPM Certification PMR/F 12-month Fellowship PH-TIPP 12-month ABPM Certification PH-TIPP 12-month  Fellowship
Funding source PMR/F or CDC-based host site funded PMR/F or CDC-based host site funded PMR/F or CDC-based host site funded PMR/F or CDC-based host site funded Self-or Employer funded Self-or Employer funded
MPH or Equivalent from CEPH-accredited program
Physicians (MD, DO, MDDS)
Completed 1 year of training at an ACGME-accredited residency in U.S.
Completed 2+ years of training at an ACGME-accredited residency in U.S.
PhD (in a Public Health field of study)
Applied to / Accepted to U.S. Public Health Service at time of application Optional Required Optional Optional Optional Optional
Matches to host sites that propose projects after acceptance
Applies with a host site and defined projects
Demonstrated Experience in Applied Epidemiology
Demonstrated Experience in Program Administration
Demonstrated Experience in Grant Proposal and Evaluation Development
Active unrestricted license in specialty

• Indicates all applicants must meet these criteria to apply for the program indicated in the column